John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. ”I think that would be most objective and most consistent.” So no more manager challenges?

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 30th, 2014
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Gear up for the stretch run with two-start pitchers and more in our latest weekly fantasy preview.

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The Los Angeles Angels celebrated a walk-off win Thursday night in the first game of a big series against the rival Oakland Athletics. Albert Pujols scored in the 10th inning on a Howie Kendrick sac fly, giving the Angels a 4-3 win and making them the first team in MLB to 80 wins. The win, however, didn’t come without controversy. In the ninth inning, with the score tied 3-3, Erick Aybar led off the inning and chopped a ball down the first-base line. A’s pitcher Dan Otero and first baseman Brandon Moss both went to field it. Otero caught the ball and Aybar ran straight into him. Aybar fell to the ground and a few seconds later home-plate umpire Greg Gibson awarded him first base. The call? Obstruction. It was a bit baffling, definitely not the type of you play you see often. A’s manager Bob Melvin fumed and immediately protested the game. His logic seemed to hold up. Otero had the ball and wasn’t blocking the baseline. Aybar, actually, if you watch closely, changed directions and ran inside the baseline, into play — sort of like a basketball player flopping for a foul call. 

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When the Oakland Athletics optioned first baseman Nate Freiman to Class A Beloit on Wednesday, it was with the understanding that Freiman will return soon, perhaps as early as Sept. 1 when major league rosters expand to 40 players. The Athletics needed to make room for left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday. Freiman was a logical choice to be sent down, with Oakland carrying just 11 pitchers and ample infield depth. Stephen Vogt, Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Moss are all capable options at first base.

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The top tiers of the reliever rankings are thinning.

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When Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson capped a three-hit night with a two-run double in the ninth inning Monday, the Athletics reclaimed a comfortable lead that an inning earlier appeared tenuous. The Athletics scored five runs in the ninth, pulling away from the Houston Astros for an 8-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. Donaldson finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles and a stolen base. His ninth-inning hit to left field off Houston right-hander Jose Veras extended the lead to 6-2 and stymied the Astros for good.

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Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is probably finished for this season because of an elbow injury. That’s what Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during a radio interview on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News. Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 13 because of elbow inflammation, but there seems to be little chance that the Rangers will have him pitch again this season. He last pitched on Aug. 9, when he allowed nine hits, four walks and six runs (five earned) in just four innings against the Houston Astros.

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Just about everything is going right for the Kansas City Royals these days. The Royals played their last nine games against teams currently in last place – and they’ll play 10 of their final 33 against last-place Minnesota, Texas and Boston. Manager Ned Yost, however, is taking nothing for granted. Second-place Detroit had to fight back over the weekend just to salvage a four-game split against the Twins.

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